Wednesday, September 9, 2009

TSN's 30 Teams in 30 Days: NY Rangers has been rating all NHL teams according to their "Preseason Power Rankings".  The Rangers came in at #22. Oddly, there was no mention of King Henrik, Drury or Callahan...

Naturally, the first item discussed was Marian Gaborik's health and potential. Nothing we haven't heard before, except for a cute little joke thrown into the mix this time..

 "The Rangers are throwing a lot of their eggs in the Gaborik basket, believing that the silky Slovak will flourish now that he's freed of the shackles of the Minnesota Wild.  

Gaborik's level of skill is unquestioned, but like the aforementioned eggs, he is extremely fragile. He has suffered groin injuries throughout his career, while hip surgery limited him to just 17 games last season."  
They also give mention of the still unresolved issue of Dubinsky's contract, which even they agree must be taken care of ASAP by Sather and the Rangers staff.  They predicted a similar outcome to what Duby has been saying all along,"any day now"...but when?!?!?

There was a large section devoted to Sean Avery and his off color behavior.  Here's what they had to say on their prediction for Avery's behavior issue...
"Avery has had a limited shelf-life with any team he joined.  While 'The Mouth' can be an extremely effective player on the ice, he can also wear out his welcome with teammates, coaches, management and fans very quickly. Avery was on his best behaviour in his return engagement on Broadway, but can only remain silent for so long. A leopard can't change its spots and Avery's history is well documented.  At some point this season, chances are that he makes himself the centre of attention and annoys those around him." 
Valid point, but something in me convinces me to believe that Avery has changed for the better and that he is due for a great season. As long as he can manage to keep his craziness to a manageable level, Torts will be okay with him and his play will reap major benefits for the team.

Check out the rest of the TSN article at

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